NGO Career Jobs – Project Associate at Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA)

Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA)
Reports to
Country Director and Senior Project Coordinator
Duty Station:
 Kampala, Uganda
About IPA:
Innovations for Poverty Action
(IPA), is an international non-profit research organization. Based in New
Haven, CT, with offices in Washington, D.C. and worldwide, IPA works with
development partners and academic researchers to create and evaluate approaches
to solving development problems, to communicate “what works” in development and
to scale up successful projects in a variety of fields, including health,
education, microfinance, governance and agriculture.
Job Summary: The SME
Initiative at Innovations for Poverty Action seeks a qualified Project
Associate to join a study of the impact of a business skills training program
for women entrepreneurs. The SME Initiative at IPA coordinates and supports
research on the SME sector in developing economies, and this evaluation
assesses the direct and indirect impacts of business skills training
implemented in Kampala, Entebbe, Mukono and Jinja. The Principal Investigators
are Dean Karlan, Greg Fischer, and Meredith Startz. 
The position offers an
opportunity to gain first-hand field management experience in an organization
undertaking cutting-edge development research. The work will stretch your
analytical and management skills to the limit and will require your full
commitment in a challenging environment.
Key Duties and Responsibilities:
  • The
    Project Associate works closely with academic researchers, the Project
    Coordinator and other field staff to perform a variety of tasks including,
    but not limited to: 
  • Overseeing
    multiple rounds of data collection, including follow-up surveys and a
    final endline survey.
  • Developing
    and piloting the survey instruments; programming surveys onto mobile
    devices; and managing the translation of the survey into the local
  • Hiring,
    training, and managing data collection teams.
  • Managing
    data from collection at the businesses to the delivery of a final, cleaned
  • Ensuring
    adherence to IPA and study protocols including auditing enumerators,
    performing daily checks of incoming data, and ensuring data is of the
    highest quality.
  • Coordinating
    and maintaining close relationships with the local implementing partner.
  • Assisting
    in the writing of project reports and policy memos.
Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
  • The
    candidate should possess a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in economics,
    public policy, international development, social sciences, or related
  • Excellent
    project management and organizational skills
  • Demonstrated
    ability to lead staff efficiently to achieve project goals and to manage
    high-level relationships with partner organizations
  • Strong
    quantitative skills, with a background in statistics preferred
  • Knowledge
    of Stata (preferred), SAS, or other data analysis software required;
    programming and other technical knowledge a strong plus.
  • Familiarity
    with randomized controlled trials preferred.
  • Experience
    living or working in a developing country.
In addition to the
qualifications described above, applicants should have excellent writing and
communication skills; exceptional attention to detail; flexibility,
self-motivation, and an ability to manage multiple tasks efficiently; and
should be a team player.
How to Apply:
All suitably qualified
candidates are encouraged to apply by abiding by the instructions below. 
Any applications or CVs submitted outside this process will not be
considered.  Note, only short-listed candidates will be contacted for an
interview. Applicants will be reviewed on a rolling basis.
  • Please
    send an email to and
    cc scraig@poverty-action,
    following the instructions below:
  • In
    the subject line:  Copy exactly the following position
    line: 1001000IPAUganda, PA-Small and Medium Enterprise Initiative
  • Attachments: 
    Please attach ONLY your CV and cover letter.
  • In
    the email body: Put your full name, first (given) name followed by
    last (family) name
  • Complete
    the J-PAL/IPA common
     indicating that you are interested in applying for a
    “Type 1: Research Analyst or Project Associate” position. Please
    include two letters of recommendation, statement of purpose, and
    transcripts.  Please do not include any text besides your name in the
    body of the e-mail. Adding extra text will interfere with the processing
    of your application.
IPA is an Equal Opportunity
Employer/Affirmative Action Employer
All persons shall have the
opportunity to be considered for employment without regard to their race,
color, religion, national origin, ancestry, alienage or citizenship status,
age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, veteran status or any other
characteristic protected by applicable federal, state or local laws.
IPA will endeavor to make a
reasonable accommodation to a qualified applicant with a disability unless the
accommodation would impose an undue hardship on the operation of our business.
If you believe you require such assistance to complete this form or to
participate in an interview, please contact us at
DISCLAIMER: The above statements are intended to
describe the general nature and level of the work to be performed by
the Project Associate.  The statements are not intended to
be an exhaustive list of all possible duties, tasks, and responsibilities.
Management reserves the right to amend and change responsibilities to meet
organizational needs as necessary. Please note that IPA will never request any
form of payment from an applicant. Applicants are encouraged to confirm the
information listed above with IPA prior to releasing any extensive personal
information to the organization. Please direct questions to
Deadline: 15th September, 2013
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